ND Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science


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October 2002

Minutes of the October 18, 2002 NDEAFCS Meeting

Friday, October 18, 2002
Doublewood Inn, Fargo

The North Dakota Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences was called to order by President Rita Ussatis on Friday, October 18, 2002 at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo, ND.

Attending were: Donna Anderson, Peggy Anderson, Karen Armstrong, Karin Bartoszuk, Kristi Berdal, Donna Bernhardt, Ellen Bjelland, Sean Brotherson, Julie Garden-Robinson, Merry Green, Shauna Grove, Marcia Hellandsaas, Vanessa Hoines, Barb Holes-Dickson, Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig, June Kraft, Brenda Langerud, Verona Lechler, Floramay Miller, Karla Monson, Dawnita Niles, Anita Rohde, Beth Roth, Margaret Tweten, Lori Scharmer, Gail Slinde, Colleen Svingen, Eunice Sahr, Rita Ussatis.

The secretary's minutes were approved as corrected with $500 (not $50) being donated to the 4-H Foundation and the spelling of Shauna Grove's name.

The treasurer's report was accepted as submitted.

Desiree Larson of "Women's Way" was a guest and explained the purpose and operation of the program.

Dr. Virginia Clark Johnson spoke to the association and her comments included: State of the college and of family & consumer science/human development colleges across the country; Urged us to become involved in getting the word out that there are jobs available in this field; Alterative ways of teacher certification are being explored: Currently over 1,400 students including 16 in doctoral programs are enrolled in the college; Two new faculty positions have been added; Greater flexibility exists at to attendance on campus for bachelor degree programs; Urged us to "keep doing the good stuff you are doing".

New membership forms were distributed and members encouraged to complete the detailed forms and return them by mail. .

Awards and Recognition Committee Report - given by Sharon K-G. Marcia H. and Karla M. each received a plaque and gift from our association. Application forms for awards were distributed and members urged to complete and return them to Sharon K-G by January 1st. For information on the awards by category and the criteria for each, search the national association's web site at www.neafcs.org.

Five new PSA's promoting the work we do were viewed. Under the general title of "Living Well", they cover the topics of parenting, adult nutrition, home environment, finance and child nutrition.

Director Sharon Anderson spoke to the association. Her remarks included: The PSA's look positive, She commended us for making a commitment to a professional organization and urged us to welcome new staff to the organization; The academic requirements for positions and support from the College of Human Development to train staff were reviewed: Our association officers have been good at keeping in touch; There have been questions on MPU Advisory Councils and possible changes as some time and places have worked better than others.

Committee Report on Membership - given by Shawna Grove. She hand delivered colorful invitations to several potential members.

Committee Report on Public Affairs and Challenge Awards - given by Eunice S. Level I awards presented to: Ellen B., Julie G-R, Rita U. Level II awards presented to: Peggy A., Merry G., Linda H., Barb H-D. Level III award presented to: Sharon K-G.

On the national level, $20,000 has been budgeted for the PSA's we previewed. The goal is for the PSA's to run nation wide January through March. Radio PSA's are also being developed. Karla moved and Donna seconded that the $120 of interest earned be used for any expenses associated with the publicity campaign. Motion passed.

Committee Report on Professional Development - given by Gail Slinde. Mini grants are available from the national association for multi-state efforts. The national association is searching for candidates for officer and task force positions. Forms are available. The next Public Issues Leadership Development Conference is scheduled for May 4-7th, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia.

Under Old Business, $310 of people pins were sold at National Conference - just out of the briefcases of those attending! Currently on hand are 49 silver and 115 old pins.

The membership guidelines issue has again been tabled at the national level. The national by-laws for membership and our state by-laws for membership were read. It was suggested that with a two-week notice, a special meeting be held via tele-conference, chat room or e-mail for the association to vote on the issue.

The next national conference will be Galaxy to be held September 21-25, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sean may have a booth to promote new materials and also volunteered to arrange some local tours of the Salt Lake City area. Thanks Sean!

The draft of the proposed Extension Performance Review was circulated. The goal is that this piece and the core competencies fit together. Sharon K-G moved and Peggy A. seconded that our association recommend an open discussion format be used for the evaluations as opposed to a rating scale. Motion passed.

The upcoming changes in dues for the Family and Community Educators (FCE) organization in North Dakota were reviewed. All FCE members must now be national members. Karen Zotz resent a copy of the memorandum of understanding that originated in the late 1990's. FCE will be holding their State Board Meeting this weekend.

Margaret T. emphasized the importance of implementing programs that have state wide impacts what with the upcoming legislative session. It is hoped that each association member will do programming and evaluation in at least one of the three club study programs developed by the state specialists for this year.

Meeting adjourned.


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